By Ireen Kayira:
Ministry of Gender plans to re-introduce travel warrants to help survivors (victims) of gender based violence that get stranded and have no means of transport to go back to their home districts.
The minister responsible, Patricia Kaliati, revealed this on Thursday in Parliament when she was answering issues raised by the Members of Parliament.
“We are re-introducing it (travel warrant system) as a ministry, knowing that there are a number of cases where people come to us for support of transport to return to their homes after suffering gender based violence (elsewhere).
“Right now, we want the program to be on full scale under the Director of Social Welfare so that these people are helped to go back to their home districts,” she said.
She added that the Gender and Social Welfare departments would collaborate with the police through Victim Support Unit and district councils so that the survivors of gender based violence get assistance through the police and councils.
Meanwhile, those facing the challenge can still be assisted at any District Social Welfare Department, according to the minister.
Machinga East Member of Parliament, Francesca Masamba had raised the concern in the house that children and women who are faced with violence away from their homes get stranded when they want to go back to their respective districts because they do not have transport.
“In this country, we have been dealing with issues of gender based violence as well as protecting children.
“If traveling warrants can be re-introduced, they can be of great help to assist those children and women that are stranded,” she said.